It has been a long, cold snowy winter.
For a long time we were worried that sugaring would never start. In anticipation of rising temperatures we tapped last weekend. Not much was flowing.
However, today the temperatures finally went up and the sap has started to flow. The sound of sap dripping into the buckets is wonderful to hear.
The arch filled this morning and there is plenty more sap in the tank waiting. Tonight we will finally start to boil.
Brookfield Bees will once again be participating in the Vermont Maple Sugar Manufacturer’s Association Maple Open House Weekend. The dates are March 23 and 24. Come and visit our operation between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM on either day to see how delicious maple syrup is made. You can take a maple facial by simply inhaling the steam, sample sugar on snow, try the different grades of syrup to see which one you like the best, and enjoy hot mulled cider and other treats.
We collect from both buckets and tubing and boil on a wood fired arch. There is no vacuum, no automatic draw-off and no Reverse Osmosis. Just good old fashioned Vermont maple syrup. On your way just up the road you can stop at the Fat Toad Farm store (787 Kibbee Rd) and pick up some of their award-winning caramel.
Sugaring season is mud season, so we advise your car has at least all wheel drive, as our roads get pretty muddy. From Exit 4 of I-89 follow Rt 66 East for about a mile. Turn left onto Ridge Road. Go 1.3 miles to N. Randolph Road and turn right. Go 1.8 miles to Curtis Road at Neighborly Farms and turn left. Go 1 mile to Kibbee Road and turn Right. Go 1.1 miles (bearing right at Y after Fat Toad Farm) and look for Brookfield Bees sign 1148 Kibbee Rd.
Call 802 276 3808 if you need more info